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FSU Graduation Photos on Campus – Westcott and Doak Campbell

Double majoring because she wants to feel the scholastic burn, Kristen has a great attitude and an equally great smile which she turned on bright! All that smiling, even though she has a ten page Spanish paper due on Tuesday, what a player. We toughed it out through the crowds of graduating students around Westcott, in and around the fountain and on the steps, and then headed to Doak Campbell stadium to get some pics on the field before she says farewell to Tallahassee.

Graduating student wearing cap and gown, sitting on the steps at Wescott on FSU campus
Graduating student wearing cap and gown at Wescott at FSU
Graduating student wearing cap and gown at Wescott at FSU
Graduating student wearing cap and gown, sitting on the steps at Wescott on FSU campus
Dramatic lighting on student wearing cap and gown

Graduating students are always serious.

Graduating student wearing cap and gown at Wescott at FSU
Graduating student wearing cap and gown at Wescott at FSU
Graduating student wearing cap and gown, sitting on the steps at Wescott on FSU campus
Graduating student wearing cap and gown at Wescott at FSU
Graduating student wearing cap and gown at Wescott at FSU
Grad pics at FSU, lying on the field at Doak Campbell stadium

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    Raley’s Confectionary

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    Who: Wes Raley
    What: Candy Master
    Where: Raley’s Confectionary
    Favorite Board Game: Candyland
    Why: Because… candy!

    Wes Raley of Raley's Confectionary holding some of his art rock before it is cut into bite-sized pieces

    Wes cut his teeth in the candy-making business some years back. He made his debut in Tallahassee fairly recently working for a local toy shop/ice cream parlor creating lots of image candy and other types of old-fashioned treats. Yet, he had lofty pursuits of his own – running his own candy business – and so set out on the sugar-dusted trail.

    Wes, folding up different colored sections of sticky sugar to make an image

    Located just a block or so from the ever-growing Gaines Street, off of All Saints Drive, next to Fermentation Lounge, through the doors of the Cider Lodge, down a hallway, and in a little back room (shared with a chocolatier) *PHEW* is where the magic happens. No illusions here; the magic is a fine mixture of the smells, visuals, tastes (free during a presentation!), and Wes’ personality. For the history of how this young fellow got started, well, that I’ll save so you can hear it from him – a story he tells every batch of customers to walk through the door (because the question of his beginnings inevitably comes up). I will let you in on a little info: his favorite candies are the root beer art rock (candy with image in the center) and anise taffy. And just to sweeten the deal, all the sugar used is organic and the flavors are all natural. Business is sweet, folks!

    Wes Raley of Raley's Confectionary holding some of his art rock before it is cut into bite-sized pieces
    Wes Raley of Raley's Confectionary holding some of his art rock before it is cut into bite-sized pieces
    Art rock being cut into bite-sized pieces
    Wes gives out samples to eager customers
    Wes can't resist his own candy

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      Gretchen & Justin • Downtown Tallahassee Engagement Photos

      Scooted through a Latin festival near the Brogan Museum, waited a number of times to get that shot in the Kleman Plaza parking lot elevators, and enjoyed the gorgeous weather and scenery of downtown Tallahassee. All-in-all, we had a pretty sweet evening of engagement photos. And much to the happiness of Justin the Gators pulled through for a win over Tennessee.

      See more of Gretchen & Justin’s downtown Tallahassee engagement photos.

      The cool look of the Kleman Plaza parking garage Pictures taken in front of the Tallahassee capitol building Bride-to-be gazing into the camera, holding her man Standing in front of Monroe Street holding hands. A long exposure produces light streaks from the cars driving in the background.

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        June & Paul • FSU Campus Engagement Photos

        It only takes one visit to the FSU campus to realize there are a vast amount of beautiful scenes to photograph. Throw some people in the mix and you’ve got yourself an engagement shoot. I met June & Paul earlier this year and enjoyed their quiet yet warm demeanor. While getting them positioned in the stands at FSU’s Dick Howser Stadium, they informed me they hadn’t taken any photos professionally since high school (!). Consider me honored.

        See more of June & Paul’s FSU campus engagement photos.

        Sitting on the steps leading up to Ruby Diamond Auditorium on the FSU campus On top of a parking garage at sunset with Doak Campbell Stadium in the background Kissing in black and white with the sunset vignette behind

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          Featured Profile • The Birth Cottage in Tallahassee

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          7:00 pm on a Saturday. It’s graduation day for both Ashley and me but we’re not walking across the stage and accepting our diploma; we’re at our house experiencing the birth of our daughter! We had planned to be at The Birth Cottage for all the excitement but once the contractions started and mama says she doesn’t want to leave the house, well, you just aren’t going anywhere!

          Layla & Alice of The Birth Cottage in Tallahassee Layla and Alice individual shots

          Nestled in the heart of Midtown Tallahassee lies the cozy, intimate cottage where Alice and Layla, a mother-daughter team, have helped hundreds and hundreds of mothers bring their babies into the world. Back to that rainy graduation Saturday – Layla and Alina came to our house in the morning and were there until the evening, coaching Ashley, keeping her calm, and maintaining a positive atmosphere. And then Juni was born, nay, made her dramatic entrance into our lives. Proof…

          Layla & Ashley a few days after Juni was born

          Of course, the welcoming rooms they have at the Cottage are dressed up just like bedrooms to make you feel at home and ready to greet your child, we just never quite made it there the day Juni was born. I can’t say enough about the ladies that run this place – they were awesome through Ashley’s pregnancy and are overjoyed every time they get to see Juni now; they truly love helping mothers and babies and it’s very apparent.

          One of The Birth Cottage birthing rooms and outdoor sculpture Layla & Alice of The Birth Cottage in Tallahassee

          PS The annual Birth Cottage celebrations at Silver Lake are always a blast to attend.

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            Lindsey & Adam’s Vintage Engagement Photos

            The love between this couple is so apparent through their loving gazes and the joy shines through Lindsey’s infectious smile. They were a blast to hang around and Adam’s humor has us all frequently in stitches. Their wedding day is on November 11th to honor the veterans who fought to protect the US and also to honor the loved ones in their families who have passed on. To celebrate and accent their new lives together and recall the past, they are having a vintage/DIY wedding and wanted a vintage/DIY engagement shoot to accompany. I was happy to oblige.

            We met out in the late afternoon at St. Marks near the lighthouse for a beautiful sunset shoot. Then, on another day, we completed the engagement shoot at the Tallahassee train station with Lindsey and Adam dressed in their vintage finest, lookin’ pretty sweet.

            Lindsey and Adam enjoy a beautiful late afternoon picnic near the St. Marks Lighthouse on the Florida Gulf Coast Lindsey and Adam enjoy a beautiful late afternoon picnic near the St. Marks Lighthouse on the Florida Gulf Coast

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              FSU Graduation Pics at Westcott and Head Shots

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              A friend, to whom I owed a photo shoot for some acting she did in a short film of mine, informed me of her upcoming move to California. We never wound up finishing the short film, which was made for Tallahassee Film Festival’s 48 Hour Film Competition, but she did put in long hours and hard work and I wanted to compensate her for the help. We met up to take some iconic photos of her with her gown and mortarboard in front of Ruby Diamond and next to the Westcott fountain at FSU. Being Florida in the summertime, a storm was a’ brewin’ and the lightning started cracking closer and closer to us. I think my insistence on getting our shot in made Amanda a bit wary.

              Amanda at FSU's Westcott Fountain for a graduation photo » Continue reading “FSU Graduation Pics at Westcott and Head Shots”

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                Featured Profile • Pet Sitting by Craig Jackson

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                Aloha! Step aboard for the maiden voyage of the Featured Profile series. At the plate today is a man who’s been at the pet sitting game in Tallahassee for over 17 years. When first meeting Craig Jackson, he will greet you with a warm smile and instill in you the calm and confidence needed when leaving your pets behind whilst taking that long needed cruise or visit to the in-laws.

                Pet Sitting in Tallahassee by Craig Jackson » Continue reading “Featured Profile • Pet Sitting by Craig Jackson”

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                  Featured Profiles!

                  Get pumped, y’all! Soon making the scene on the Shutter Pop Photo Journal will be the (cue voice echo) Featured Profile of the Week! These will be short write-ups with accompanying profile photos for small businesses, artists, or people of interest located in Tallahassee and surrounding areas, such as Havana, Quincy, Thomasville and elsewhere. The simple idea is to highlight people and businesses in the Big Bend and to bring a weekly touch of community to this blog. (end voice echo) Just know in the future when you see the logo below accompanying a new post on this Journal, one correct response is to give a hoot and a holler, especially if you’re in a place of work (cubicles are good). Featured Profile of the Week » Continue reading “Featured Profiles!”

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                    Life, the Neighborhood, and Everything

                    Box of Wheat Thins in hand, time to finally post the most recent wedding to the site. I think I’ll go easy on myself for the delay, we did just move into our new house – our first! This pretty much completes the grown up To Do list for a while:
                    • graduate college – check
                    • get married – check
                    • have a baby – check
                    • buy a house – check
                    • file taxes at least 1 month ahead of time – check
                    » Continue reading “Life, the Neighborhood, and Everything”

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